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November 25, 2008 3:32 am

Mustangs edge Trappers 24-23 in dual meet

Written by Tribune Staff

Forfeits prove costly for NWC

Tenth-ranked Northwest College suffered a 24-23 loss to No. 16 Western Wyoming Community College last Thursday during a dual meet at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell.

NWC head coach Jim Zeigler did some major juggling of his lineup Thursday night and put his team in a position to register a victory. However, the forfeits at 165 and 174 proved too much to overcome.

Zeigler said his squad wrestled well, but he was still feeling the sting of losing to one of the Trappers' biggest rivals.

“It's a hard pill to swallow,” Zeigler said. “We had a tall mountain to climb because of the two forfeits. We're still working with a makeshift lineup because we have guys trying to change weight classes. We've also got one that is battling an illness, and we're waiting for him to return. We'll get through all of that and get our lineup where we want it. And I know this group will be competitive down the stretch.”

NWC fell behind 6-0 early when the Trappers' 125-pound entry, freshman Eddie Whiting, was pinned by sophomore Ryker Vandertoolen at the 3:52 mark. The pin came after Whiting battled to a 4-4 tie by the end of the first period.

“Eddie was right in there,” Zeigler said. “He had tied it up, but then he got himself in a compromising position and got pinned.”

Trapper freshman Jeff Wood followed Whiting's loss by defeating fifth-ranked Mason Stott. Wood, who trailed 4-3 after the first period, came back to tie the match in the second period and tallied six points in the third to claim an 11-5 decision.

“He was tough again,” said Zeigler, noting that Wood won the 133-pound amateur division at the University of Wyoming's Cowboy Open Saturday, Nov. 15. “He just ran the guy out of gas at the end and finished strong.”

With NWC trailing 6-3 in the team score, freshman McCade Ford came through with a major decision by defeating WWCC's Daniel Coffey by a 13-4 score. Ford took a commanding 7-2 lead early and built on that in the second and third periods.

The four points for the major decision by Ford vaulted NWC into the lead at 7-6, but that advantage was short lived due to WWCC's victory at 149. Dollar built a 4-1 lead after two periods against the eighth-ranked freshman from Casper and was able to hold on for a 5-3 decision. The victory pushed WWCC ahead 9-7, but NWC 157-pound entry Corey Woodruff put the Trappers ahead again, and set the stage for a possible team victory with his major decision over the Mustangs' Justin Curtice.

The bout between Woodruff and Curtice was deadlocked in a scoreless tie after one period, and Woodruff trailed 2-1 after the second. In the third period, however, the freshman from Michigan mounted an impressive come-from-behind effort and walked away a 14-2 winner.

“He made a great comeback to get the major decision,” Zeigler said.

NWC, ahead 11-9 following Woodruff's victory, then forfeited at 165 and 174. That put NWC behind 21-11 and left Trapper freshman Tyrell Wright with the tall task of facing WWCC's Tyson Anderson at 184. Wright, who was originally scheduled to wrestle at 174, said he gave up about 12 pounds to Anderson. However, he led 2-1 after the first period and 4-3 after the second before dropping a 5-4 decision. The Mustangs moved ahead 24-11 with the three points for the decision and guaranteed themselves the victory.

NWC closed the gap when Trapper freshman Mak Jones won via forfeit at 197 and when Landon Harris pinned WWCC's Rusty Farnsworth at 1:46 in the first period of the heavyweight bout.

For the Trappers, Thursday's meet was their last at home until Jan. 15. On that day, NWC will host the University of Great Falls.

The Trappers were scheduled to compete in the University of Northern Colorado Open in Greeley Sunday, Nov. 23. Results of that tournament will be included in the Friday. Nov. 28, edition of the Powell Tribune.